Help keep local kids fed

2017-11-28 06:00
Annelise Kallis sold their family vehicle to build a kitchen for the feeding scheme at her home.PHOTO: aishah cassiem

Annelise Kallis sold their family vehicle to build a kitchen for the feeding scheme at her home.PHOTO: aishah cassiem

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A resident of Grassy Park is calling on the community to help her keep a feeding scheme in the area going.

Annelise Kallis started the Living in God’s Grace feeding scheme in Lotus River two years ago, and has fed hundreds of underprivileged children so far.

But due to financial difficulties, the 39-year-old is no longer able to maintain the feeding scheme on her own.

“I run the feeding scheme weekly for our community and surrounding areas. I do this to make a small difference, especially for the children. I see their struggle daily as they knock on my door for food because of hunger. Most of them come from Phumlani informal settlement,” she says.

“I mainly do this to teach my own two daughters the value of life. I do not get any funding, but weekly, by the grace of God, I can provide for the kids, as some food donations come from family and friends.

“The kids have become used to our household. With this I decided to not only feed them but also offer educational assistance.”

Kallis says she extended her home’s carport to build an extra kitchen and a library.

“We experienced that children’s food were taken from them or it fell out along the way when we distributed food on the field close by. Many of them would get food, then come back a few minutes later saying their parents ate it or bigger children took it. I now feed them from my house weekly where I can make sure that they eat it themselves,” she explains.

“By having them in my space I can make sure they are well looked after, fed and kept busy with educational activities. I started collected books and arts and crafts. During our sessions I also discovered many of them can’t even read or write at the age they are supposed too. With the help of my two daughters we decided to sit with them every day to give them the help needed.”

The passionate community worker says her main purpose for wanting to uphold the project is to let children know that there is hope in God.

“I also want them to know that someone in their community cares. Even though I cannot give much, the little I give is done with love and care towards them. Some of their parents don’t care about their whereabouts and will leave them playing outside or at our place for hours while indulging in alcohol,” she says.

“After drinking all day they would realise their kids are not home and will come looking for them. I plan to work with their parents soon and call on the community to assist me in making the environment a better and safer space for our children. Local businesses’ support towards the feeding scheme would be greatly appreciated. Any food items are welcome.”

Kallis plans to host a Christmas party for 200 children in December and calls on locals to sponsor goods for the event.

V For more information call Annelise Kallis on 073 159 2434.

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